THE FIRST DAY OF FALL IS
NATIONAL FALL PREVENTION DAY
By: Wayne Shepard, Director, Office for the
The first day of
fall is National Fall Prevention Awareness
Day. However, Delaware County Office for
the Aging will be recognizing National Fall
Prevention Awareness on Saturday, September
27, at the Harvest Festival in front of
Delaware County Public Health building.
It is a myth that
falling is a natural process of aging. Most
falls can be prevented. Fall is a good time
to remember to take action on preventing
falls in order to maintain independence in
Stay Active and
Healthy to prevent falls:
like walking or swimming at least 15
minutes a day.
Matter of Balance Program.*
your physician before beginning any new
exercise routine or program.
Talk to your
health care provider about your history
At each medical
appointment ask your primary care
provider or pharmacist about the side
effects of medications that may increase
your risk for falls.
annual vision and hearing examination.
glasses of non-alcoholic liquids each
day to prevent dehydration, low blood
pressure, fatigue and confusion.
well-balanced diet that includes a
variety of fruits, vegetables and dairy.
Around the Home:
starts at home. Take a moment to review
below some common items that could actually
cause/prevent a fall in the home.
Throw rugs cause
slips, trips and falls.
is important. Install a night light or
lights along the route from the bedroom
to the bathroom.
items on stairs or hand rails.
furniture so there is always a clear
pathway between rooms.
telephone next to the bed.
cooking utensils and dishes within
Invest in a
folding step-stool with a hand rail in
order to access out of reach items.
bars on bathroom walls near the bathtub,
shower or toilet.
Consider using a
shower bench in the bathtub if you are
into an “in-home emergency response
system,” i.e Link-to-Life.
In taking the time
to make some of the above suggested
modifications, you will most likely be able
to maintain your independence and prevent a
fall from occurring.
information on the Matter of Balance Program
available in Delaware County feel free to
either meet an Office for the Aging
representative at the Harvest Festival or
contact Office for the Aging at